Lukas Sutter will always be associated with the hockey bloodlines established in the NHL by his father and uncles.
However, while the family’s hockey legacy in Canada is well-documented, Lukas holds the distinction of being the only member to play for Team USA, earning a silver medal at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial. Prior to that, he played for Team USA at the U17 Five Nations Invitational, where the team finished in third place.
Born in St. Louis, Sutter has dual citizenship. He began his hockey career in St. Louis while his father Rich was a member of the Blues. When the family moved back to Lethbridge, Alberta, Lukas kept at it on the ice as a member of the well-regarded Y’s Men’s Titans midget program.
As a member of the Blades, Sutter was a pleasant surprise last season as a 16-year-old on a veteran-laden team. He appeared in 71 games, chipping in with four goals and 15 assists. He led the team in penalty minutes with a total of 179. This season, he is off to a fantastic start with 22 goals and 26 assists in 49 games, while posting a plus-20 rating and 127 penalty minutes.
The Blades made Sutter the 42nd overall selection at the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft. He is intense, both on and off the ice, and is well-known for a penchant to drive hard to the net. Ranked 86th among North American Skaters by Central Scouting, Sutter is in a wonderful position as a member of the Blades. If he does not wind up playing professional hockey next season, Saskatoon is playing host to the 2013 Memorial Cup.
HF spoke with Sutter at Prospera Place in Kelowna prior to the Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.